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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 14, 2006 11:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

If you look above on this page you will see a browse by year option. It is not quite as informative as the previous option was but it's the best we have now. The shows still seem to be all there, but there is no info on whether it is sbd, or aud.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-06-15 06:19:56

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Poster: gankmore Date: Jun 15, 2006 9:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

If you look above on this page you will see a browse by year option. It is not quite as informative as the previous option was but it's the best we have now. The shows still seem to be all there, but there is no info on whether it is sbd, or aud.

It's not just "not quite as informative" it really blows compared to what we had. What a huge let down. I'm looking forward to the next "archive". Clearly the leadership and management and archive.org isn't up to the task.

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Poster: gankmore Date: Jun 15, 2006 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

"not quite as informative"

hahahaha. you guys blew this one. biggest choke since the 2004 ALCS.

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jun 15, 2006 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

but there is no info on whether it is sbd, or aud

You will find a "Source" field toggle in the options area on the right side of any search results page. And it should persist across browser sessions for you.

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Poster: Dancing Salmon Date: Jun 16, 2006 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

You will find a "Source" field toggle in the options area on the right side of any search results page. And it should persist across browser sessions for you.

Thanks for pointing that out, Diana. It had slipped by me, hiding down there more than a screen down on the right.

Let me say that I admire your ability to field often ... um, heated shall we say ... comments and answer with grace and composure. And now for some whines/requests/suggestions :-)

1) would it be possible to put that 'source' toggle at the top of the right-hand column? that makes it easier to turn on sources, and also more obvious to those not knowing it's there (and for LMA, the only place it exists I gather, it's a crucial toggle).

2) Better yet, as Purple Gel suggested, could not 'on' be the default state? It has to default to something, right?

3) It would be neat to have a way to turn off the setlists (description field) and especially the 'downloads' and 'batting average' fields. They waste space on my screen, bandwidth, a few precious milliseconds of server time, and are distracting with little valuable info.

4) Having the 'source' is nice, but still not nearly as informative as the old display, which also had 'lineage', 'taped by' and (less important) 'transferred by' felds. It also had the 'Location' (city), while the new form has only the venue (theatre).

4a) I gather that these fields are to some extent flexible of definition and are filled out by the uploader. If there's no way to add lineage, etc, to the source fields when the toggle is on, is there any way to contact the original uploaders to have them tweak the fields to make 'source' more informative? E.g., sometimes the 'source' is a laconic 'audience', leaving the details to other fields, but other times (e.g. March 5 1981), a more informative "Audience recording sennheiser 421>D5 set up loge center".

Fortunately, paranoid that I am, I downloaded all the GD yearly display pages in the old format, and find that I can indeed use these and link to the individual show pages. I'm wondering if there's any way I can share these, as they are still very useful, at least for the GD (where the shows and collection are largely stable).

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jun 19, 2006 4:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

About the source toggle, it's already likely to be confusing to other Archive visitors, more info http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=63425

About obtaining more detail, particularly for the GD material, the uploaders here are *not* likely to be the taper or original seeder. Items were staged here by Grateful Dead Internet Archive Project participants after being obtained from more general circulation. Sometimes the info file is all we have. More notes on many filesets, plus "circulation date" estimates, may be found here: http://db.etree.org/shncirc/gd

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2006-06-19 23:24:48

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Poster: StrawRider Date: Jun 19, 2006 9:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

The not knowing if it's a SBD or Aud Issue:
...this works for me using Windows XP Internet Explorer...
While your browsing shows, if you place your curser over the link title to that show without clicking on the link you can actually find out the source. While your curser is on the link, take a look at your information bar at the bottom of the browser window (you have to have this feature enabled) and it will show you the page link http address. In that address will be either sbd or aud MOST of the time I believe. Try it out, it works for me...or do what Diana said and toggle the source info.

This post was modified by StrawRider on 2006-06-20 04:55:32

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2006 4:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

But why add the extra step? Was the source field getting in anyone's way? It used to be so easy to peruse the collection, It was all on one page, the layout was concise, informative and very easy to use. Now, some years are on 2-3 pages so it takes more time to find the show you are looking for and it is harder to just look through a particular year.

In addition, the old format was really easy to see, the colors were easy to distinguish and the information was laid out very clearly. Maybe it's because I'm older and my sight is not what it used to be, but the whole format is just not as clear to my eye and as easy to read, after 5 minutes or so, my eyes are strained. I personally liked the contrast of the Blue and black on white, it was much easier to read. I may be in the minority, but I know a lot of us Deadheads are in our 40's and 50's and i would be surprised if I was the only one with this issue.

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2006-06-15 23:55:57

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jun 15, 2006 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

But why add the extra step? Was the source field getting in anyone's way?

It's a big-picture issue. The changeover we had brought the live music in line with all the material on the rest of the site- texts, movies, etc. All items on the site have a "description" field and this is what is sensible to display in the search results (for live shows, that happens to be the setlist).

Other items on the site do *not* typically have the *specialized* recording "source" field; that display toggle was built in later, especially for the peculiar needs of live music fans. In fact, in the new system the live music has already gotten a lot of extra engineering attention compared to some other material. So we should feel happy about that.

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2006-06-16 00:40:22

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Jun 15, 2006 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

Just one more question, Diana, then I'll drop it. Is there some kind of technical issue with leaving the link that we had until a few days ago. I'm no computer whiz, so i don't know, but I was just wondering if that old link interfered in any way with the new format, and if it didn't why not leave it up for us old Heads who are so resistant to change...LOL?

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Poster: Diana Hamilton Date: Jun 16, 2006 4:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Source field add-in, as a favor

Yes, it was a ghost of the past system, no longer updated and increasingly confusing to people now that there are 1000+ new shows since the switchover.

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Poster: db521 Date: Jun 15, 2006 1:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: browse by year

I can't believe the creator of such a fine site messed it up like this. When you have a good thing leave it alone!!!!!!!!